Osteopaths diagnose and treat faults that occur because of injury, stress or perhaps disease, to enable the musculoskeletal system to work as efficiently as possible, allowing the body to restore itself to normal function. A caring approach and attention to the individual is considered particularly important.
Osteopaths work with their hands, using a wide variety of treatment techniques. For example, soft tissue stretching techniques, rhythmic passive joint movements to improve joint mobility, or manipulative techniques to improve the range of movement of a joint.
Gentle release techniques are widely used, particularly when treating children or elderly patients.
Naturopathy is an approach to healthcare which aims to provide, restore and maintain health. The aim is to promote an awareness of the body's self-regulation mechanism though diet and nutrition, pure water, fresh air and sunlight, as well as appropriate exercise, rest and relaxation.